Man-Size (man_size) wrote,

Bleeding Cool’s 11 Best Comics of 2013 featuring THE FOX

"I don’t think that anyone could have predicted that Red Circle Comics, and Archie Comics in general would have become the breakaway trendsetters of New York Comic Con in 2013, though those who were hearing rumors about The Fox and keeping their eye out for other Archie developments might have hoped, if not counted on that kind of sudden confluence of new approaches. The Fox is here in our “best of” list not because it sold out in its first issue very rapidly, nor because it looks so radically different from any other comic on the shelves this autumn, but because it represents something very rare in mainstream comics: a company giving what amounts to free reign to a strange idea passionately believed in by a creative team. A Silver Age hero revamped and given the energy rarely evidenced in “retro” properties that are often handled a little too sentimentally, the Fox combines many of the elements of a classic hero, but he faces a post-modern, often crippling rejection of a hero role. All this is handled lightly in Haspiel’s non-stop motion style, making the book simply a pleasure to look at. And the storyline is blissfully unencumbered by that bane of resurrected properties: heavy self-awareness of its own place in comics history. For that reason, each panel of the book feels fresh and new. The colors buck the trend, too, and aren’t even self-conscious enough to be called “hipster”. They are a return to the sensibilities of Pop Art at its height and a celebration of the role of tone and hue as a key part of comic storytelling."-- Hannah Means-Shannon

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